Everyday Sexism: Review

everyday sexismAuthor: Laura Bates

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Feminism

Summary: Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that’s driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. But women won’t stand for it. The Everyday Sexism Project is grounded in reality; packed with substance, validity and integrity it shows that women will no longer tolerate a society that ignores the dangers and endless effects of sexism.

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport Laura Bates, a young journalist, started a project called Everyday Sexism to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Enough was enough. From being leered at and wolf-whistled on the street, to aggravation in the work place and serious sexual assault, it was clear that sexism had been normalised. Bates decided it was time for change.

This bold, jaunty and ultimately intelligent book is the first to give a collective online voice to the protest against sexism. This game changing book is a juggernaut of stories, often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant – it is a must read for every inquisitive, no-nonsense modern woman.

Review:

Read this – end of review.

No, it’s not I’m just kidding but seriously read this. Everyday Sexism is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. It is a very compelling and very powerful read and it is definitely a book that should be read by everyone and their pet goldfish.

The book is Laura Bates commentary on sexism in a world where men and women are equal – more or less. The book is broken up into sections and covers everything from sexism in childhood, college, work, sexism aimed at men, people of colour and members of the LGBTA community. Each section is then punctuated with the real life tweets and blog posts of men and women you have been faced with sexism. It is poignant, it is horrible and it is impossible to stop reading.

This book really does open your eyes to the type of society that we live in. I started reading sections of this book to a male friend of mine and he was absolutely horrified and actually changed some of his behaviour and the behaviour of his friends as a result. So, yeah, this book gets a glowing endorsement from me.

Powerful. Compelling. Wonderful

5 Stars.

 

 

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